Australasia

April Fool’s Day: Why are some people more gullible than others?

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Homo sapiens is probably an intrinsically gullible species. Joseph Paul Forgas ABC We owe our evolutionary success to culture, our unique ability to receive, trust and act on stories we get from others, and so accumulate a shared view about the world. In a way… April Fool’s Day… Read More »

Australians are not racist: Hanson

One Nation leader Senator Pauline Hanson during Question Time in the Senate chamber at Parliament House in Canberra, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Australians aren’t racist because criticism is not racism, Pauline Hanson said as she spoke in parliament in favour of changes to race-hate speech laws. SBS Pauline Hanson has declared Australians are not racist, insisting criticism is not racism as she backs proposed changes to race-hate speech laws. The Senate is… Australians are not… Read More »

Paul Keating says neo-liberalism is at ‘a dead end’ after Sally McManus speech

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EXCLUSIVE – Former prime minister Paul Keating – architect of some of the most profound economic reforms in the country’s history during the 1980s – has launched a surprise critique of the liberal economic philosophy he once championed, declaring it has “run into a… Deborah Snow The Sydney Morning Herald Mr Keating made his remarks in response to a speech delivered by the… Paul Keating says… Read More »

Call to limit asylum seeker detention to 90 days

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Asylum seekers should not be held in immigration detention for more than 90 days, a parliamentary inquiry has… Tim Lester Brisbane Times The inquiry also says in cases where the Immigration Department fails to meet the 90-day deadline, it should be forced to publish the… But opposition MPs in the inquiry declined to back the contentious… Call to limit… Read More »

Nine years after the Apology: We said sorry … but are we really?

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Nine years after acknowledging ills of the past, the fight is continuing for Indigenous Australians, writes Adrian Arndt. Adrian Arndt Independent Australia THE 13th of February 2008 will always be a monumental day in the Australian calendar. A day that… Nine years after… Read More »

Group rights are inimical to human rights

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Bill Shorten’s 18C zinger is “What exactly does the Prime Minister want people to be able to say that they cannot say now?” Graham Young On Line Opinion Not exactly a zinger, because a review of the 18C cases reveals mostly a world of trivial sleights and domestic disputes, with the occasional newspaper comment thrown in for good measure. There is no… Group rights are… Read More »

A One Nation senator claims race-hate speech laws stop ‘decent’ people speaking out against Muslim criminals.

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Malcolm Roberts says Australian Islamists are the real beneficiaries of section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act, comparing restrictions on race-hate speech to “Stalinist… SBS Source: AAP “If your Muslim Sudanese neighbour is engaging in female genital mutilation or your Syrian Muslim cafe owner is a terrorist building a bomb or… A One Nation… Read More »

What the ‘female’ traffic light response reveals about how society views women

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The reaction to Melbourne’s installation of dress-wearing symbols on traffic lights was an ugly revelation of how society views the feminine, writes Siobhan Simper. Siobhan Simper Independent Australia IF YOU’VE been online at all in the past month, you can’t have missed it: the seemingly endless debate over the decision to install ten pedestrian crossings depicting figures wearing a dress in Melbourne. The Committee for… What the ‘female’… Read More »

Aboriginal cultural heritage: The high costs of preservation

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THE decision in a Seymour court last week to impose a hefty fine on a Wahring farmer for knowingly harming Aboriginal cultural heritage is a lesson for all. The Weekly Times Alan James Tweddle was hit with a $20,000 fine for extracting sand from a quarry on his property that had been deemed an Aboriginal site. This is the… Aboriginal cultural heritage… Read More »

China-Australia Extradition Treaty Collapses Amid Human Rights Concerns

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It fell apart not long after Barnaby Joyce insisted it was a “pretty safe deal”. Karen Barlow HuffPost CANBERRA – The Turnbull Government has shelved plans to enact an extradition treaty with China, under the combined opposition of Labor, the Greens, Nick Xenophon Team, former Liberal senator Cory Bernardi, and a… China-Australia Extradition… Read More »

Technology-facilitated abuse: The new breed of domestic violence

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Domestic violence is a serious issue in Australia and globally. Hadeel Al-Alosi ABC It is an inherently gendered crime. Research consistently shows… Technology-facilitated abuse… Read More »

One Nation and the rise of fascism

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Like Hitler, One Nation employs conspiracy theories to create divisions and fuel the rise of fascism in Australia, says John Passant. John Passant Independent Australia BACK IN 1998, I wrote an article for the Canberra Times arguing that One Nation was an organisation that had the potential to become fascist. I argued that… One Nation and… Read More »

The humanitarian crisis: Australia fiddles while the world burns

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The Turnbull Government denies human rights to those who seek asylum while simultaneously lessening its efforts to prevent the conditions from which they wish to escape, writes Jake Watson. Jake Watson Independent Australia “We are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.” These are the… The humanitarian crisis… Read More »

Third of Australian youth have no job or are underemployed, report finds

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Youth jobless rate rises to 13.5% and underemployment to 18%, hitting highest level in 40… Helen Davidson The Guardian Almost one-third of Australian young people are unemployed or underemployed, the highest level in 40 years, according to a… The rate of underemployment – now at 18% – has become an entrenched feature of the… Third of Australian… Read More »

Positive attitudes contribute to a rich society

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Harmony Week 2017 has just wrapped up. The Examiner The week, pin-pointed by Harmony Day on March 21, aims to “promote unity, understanding and respect for all individuals”. It is a celebration… Positive attitudes contribute… Read More »

Turnbull government reverses Myanmar stance to co-sponsor UN resolution on Rohingya Muslims

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The Turnbull government has abruptly reversed its opposition to an international investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, including mass rapes, torture and the… Lindsay Murdoch The Sydney Morning Herald The government has co-sponsored a resolution at the United Nation’s top human rights body in Geneva to send a… Turnbull government reverses… Read More »